How to remove mirrors?


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NJViking
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How to remove mirrors?

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I need to adjust my windscreen clamping mechanism, which reside behind the mirrors, which I'm now trying to remove. I loosened the rubber boots and I can see the three screws, but there is no straight tool access to the three screws, the top screw being the worst. Do I need an offset Phillips screw driver for this?
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Re: How to remove mirrors?

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DON'T TOUCH THOSE SCREWS!

Whew; had to get that out there. Stuff rags, tape, magnets and anything you can around that hole. That is the access to the Honda underworld and those screws will definitely fall down to the ether of nothingness. Gone longer and farther than a 10mm socket.

Your mirrors are on spring loaded hinges and will pivot fore and aft to allow different angles or attack. A longer screwdriver, an offset screwdriver, a hex driver with a flexible shaft are definitely options you need to try.
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I've had mine off many times.
First of all, you need JIS screwdrivers, not Phillips.
Second, you can get those three screws out easily enough
by folding the rubber back and pivoting the mirror on the
spring loaded pivot.
I've had mine off, and back on, many times. Only takes
a few minutes with the right tools.
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Re: How to remove mirrors?

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You can see the procedure of removing the mirrors in this article: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=10998
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OK, I learned 2 things:
1. The mirrors fold.
2. I can wrestle the rubber boot enough to access the two lower screws.

But the top screw? I'm just not getting what is claimed here. No amount of mirror pivoting is going to reposition the mirror body away from this screw. I solved the problem by buying a $15 knockoff of a Chapman set, and I was able to get to the screw from the rear. But it's not easy and you guys are all saying that it is. So, what am I doing wrong?

This is a top-down picture of the left mirror. Like I said, (I accessed from the rear, not from the front.)
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Follow the procedure I show in the article I posted above. You remove the rubber, then pull that trim piece free, and then by pivoting the mirrors it will give you the access you need.


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